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Poyet bemoans injury woes

16 April 2014 12:11

Gus Poyet lamented Sunderland's long list of absentees ahead of their trip to Manchester City on Wednesday.

With his side bottom of the Premier League and seven points from safety, Poyet revealed that he only has 17 fit first-team players to choose from.

"Injuries come through contact and that is football," he said. "But other ones come when there is tension and nerves.

"They all come with tiredness and especially the mental side of things.

"We have gone from having a full squad - with the exception of Westie (Keiren Westwood) for the (League Cup) final last month - to now having seven or eight players missing.

"That's normal. It's nothing against the players, it's the tension, the nerves and the pressure.

"(Steven) Fletcher and Westie are out injured, and Liam (Bridcutt) is out for personal reasons, while Phil (Bardsley) is suspended. But we also have three or four other injuries, and one ill.

"They have all come together so, for the first time in my time here, we cannot make 18 for the game. That's not the best timing!"

Sunderland beat City 1-0 in November's reverse fixture but surrendered a one-goal advantage to lose the League Cup final to Manuel Pellegrini's side in March.

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
16 April 2014
Game week
26
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47046

Goals

Fernandinho 2'
(assist by S. Agüero) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
73' C. Wickham
 (assist by E. Giaccherini)
1 - 2
83' C. Wickham
 (assist by E. Giaccherini)
S. Nasri 88'
(assist by S. Jovetić) 
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
5
16
27
28 65'
11
33
7
14
10 73' 83'
31 32'
Coach: G. Poyet

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
35
10
17
2
6
22
30
# Player Bookings
23
30
17
22
32
35
42

Friday 22 August

Thursday 21 August

23:44
23:38
23:04
22:36
22:27
22:19
21:48
21:40
21:34
20:55
20:27
20:17
20:11
20:10
20:04
19:39
18:49
18:23
18:11
18:08
17:53
17:38
17:35
17:21
17:08
16:57
16:57
16:46
16:41
16:26
16:19
16:09
16:09
15:59
15:48
15:42
15:22
14:38
14:26
14:04
13:34
13:27
13:05
12:57
12:55
12:54
12:20
11:25
10:58
10:48
10:11
10:04
09:45
09:41
08:34
08:18
07:12
07:06
06:33
06:00
05:59
05:58
05:52
05:38
04:33
04:32
04:03
03:38
03:10
00:59

Wednesday 20 August

23:26
23:26
23:11
22:57
22:50
21:20
21:10
20:36
20:27
20:18
20:14
20:03
19:28
19:17
18:55
18:53
18:49
18:07
17:55
17:37
17:34
17:30
17:23
17:23
16:58
16:43
16:38
16:22
16:14
16:06
16:00
15:00
14:51
14:21
14:17
14:03
13:20
13:10
12:45
12:17
11:59
11:52
11:31
11:15
10:58
10:46
10:33
10:10
09:37
09:03
08:35
08:10
06:43
06:30
06:09
05:23
04:45
03:17
02:51
02:29
01:49
01:04
00:16

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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